First thing first, acknowledge stress is a normal part of our lives. A good amount of stress can actually help us work through certain challenges and drive us forward in lives. But like many other things that are bad for you in excess, chronic stress and high stress hormone level can put our physical and mental health at risk.
Take deep breathes – before reacting to your stressful situations, take few deep and slow breathes and count to 10. You may also try out some relaxation techniques such as meditation.
Practice letting go – make a conscious choice of not being too attached to a problem. That will avoid the feeling of becoming angry or upset often times at something small and unimportant.
Hop in the tub – warm baths are a great way to unwind after a long stressful day you may also add in essential oils to extra calming effect.
Turn on the music – music has proven to be effective. Whether it’s upbeat music or slower tempo that you enjoy, it helps relax your mind and muscles while making you feel soothed while releasing the stress in your system
Drink plenty of water – hunger and dehydration can provoke aggressiveness and create anxiety or stress by increasing our cortisol levels (the stress hormone). So staying hydrated is important to equip ourselves to deal with everyday problems
Call someone – when you are under a lot of stress, pick up the phone and talk to a friend or family member. You will likely feel way better by the time you hang up